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  1. Urtica dioica


    Stinging nettle is a natural source of vitamin C, pantothenic acid, carotene, vitamins, minerals and iron. It also acts as a diuretic and is believed to help improve circulation.

    Nettle is used in skin creams and lotions for its cleansing, clarifying and emollient properties. Oily and sensitive skins benefit from these preparations. In hair care, nettle is used in rinses and is said to help dandruff and stimulate the scalp.

    To use stinging nettle in your hair rinses and skin products, make a decoction of 15gm to 1 litre dried nettles. Boil for 10 minutes and allow to infuse for 30 minutes.

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  2. Hypericum perforatum


    St Johns's Wort is healing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. The flowers are mixed into olive oil, and the resultant St. John's Wort oil is used for burns, inflammations, boils and old wounds.

    In skin care the oil and infusion are used for calming irritated skin and soothing sunburn. It is best to use both the oil and the infusion due to the different properties available to the skin from the fat and water-soluble consituents of St John's Wort.

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  3. Veronica officinalis

     

     

    Also known as Veronica, Speedwell is a herbaceous annual and perennial plant, native to many regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The leaves and herb are astringent and toning and are used in herbal skin care remedies for healing wounds, itchy skin and skin eruptions.

     

    An infusion can be made with Speedwell to be used as a lotion for the above skin conditions. Pour 250ml boiling spring water over 10ml fresh chopped herb and cover. Leave to infuse for twenty minutes then strain and pour the liquid into a dark glass bottle. Store in the refrigerator for a few days before discarding any unused infusion.

     

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  4. Sonchus oleraceus

     

     

    The whitish juice of the Sow’s Thistle is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and healing, and as such can be applied to spots to dry them up and heal them. As with all such plant juices, do a patch test on the inside of the elbow before applying elsewhere on the body.

     

    An infusion can be made with the leaves, flowers and stems of the Sow’s Thistle and used as a facial wash for spotty skin. Pour 250ml boiling spring water over 250ml herb. Leave to infuse for thirty minutes, then strain, cool and pour the infusion into a clean, glass bottle. Keep refrigerated and use within one week.

     

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  5. Artemisia abrotanum

     

     

    Southernwood is an antiseptic herb, most useful in herbal preparations for problem skin and hair care. It can also be used an insect repellent.

     

    To use Southernwood in skin care remedies for problem skin, use 500ml Southernwood leaves, 125ml barley and 1l spring water. Boil all ingredients together then simmer gently for thirty minutes. Strain the liquid off, pour into a clean bottle and refrigerate. The liquid can be used as a wash. Use within one week.

     

    Make a Southernwood infusion to stimulate hair growth – infuse 250ml fresh herb to 250ml boiling spring water. Strain and bottle. To use, massage regularly into the scalp. Keep refrigerated and use within one week.

     

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